How to Prepare an Effective Audit Manual for an Internal Audit Department

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    Speaker: Marna Steuart
    Duration: 90 Minutes
    Product Code: 700019
    Level: Beginner
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An internal audit manual is essential to the adequate documentation and steps to take during an audit to ensure it follows the proper internal audit standards as promulgated by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).  In order to prepare an effective audit manual for an internal audit department requires an organized strategy and steps to take to ensure an audit, consulting engagement or an internal confidential investigation is carried out effectively. There are several areas that can be covered in an audit manual, including engagement letter, planning documents, effective audit programs, progress update templates and final reports.   This course will touch on all areas of an audit manual and how to present it in the case of an internal audit, a consulting engagement or an internal confidential investigation.

why should you attend

Having an effective audit manual will make the difference between having a tool that assists in effective audits, consulting engagements and internal confidential investigations and not having the proper guidance required to ensure your audit department is equipped to be successful.  Taking a proactive stance on authoring an audit manual can result  in cost savings to organizations for costly training, not to mention invaluable comfort to Management that  auditors are performing in accordance with the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) standards.  This course will provide you with a basic understanding of different elements that should be included in an effective audit manual, different ways to present different types of audits and what the standards dictate, how to plan, perform and report results of an internal, consulting engagement or confidential investigation audit.  Examples of templates will be provided for every step included in the audit processes.

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Areas Covered

  • Identify and collect essential pre-audit background information
  • A basic understanding of the most popular types of internal audit projects
  • The areas included in an audit manual
  • Planning audit objectives, scope and developing  an audit work program – Audit Planning checklist
  • Audit Fieldwork
  • Audit Reporting and Follow-up, Work-paper filing and Project Closure
  • The audit manual for a consulting engagement and confidential investigation
  • Real life examples will be shared from the instructors’ extensive background in this area

Learning Objectives

To understand how to develop an internal audit manual and start to finish instructions and templates on how to perform different types of audits given the project description.


This webinar will provide valuable assistance to all personnel in:

  • Internal Audit personnel involved in developing an audit manual and performing audits
  • Internal Audit Management
  • Training for finance Professionals responsible for developing an audit manual or manual for performing audits
  • Management concerned with efficiency and effectiveness of the audit department 


Marna Steuart has been in the audit industry for over twenty years. Ms. Steuart began her career with a Big Four firm as an external auditor, then as an internal auditor in several different capacities within several different industries. Ms. Steuart has performed internal audits, consulting engagements, vendor contract audits, collective bargaining contracts, construction contract audits of several third-party contracts and confidential investigations throughout her career as an internal auditor. She has first-hand knowledge of how to perform each type of audit and how to build an effective audit manual for all types of audits.

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